OnTrack’s moms program could lose license to operate

Medford, Ore. — Oregon Health Authority says it’s found sufficient grounds to revoke the license for OnTrack’s HOME program, a facility which serves chemically dependent pregnant and parenting women with their children.

NBC5 News has obtained the notice of the impending action, which details a handful of state law violations including health, safety and sanitary concerns.

OnTrack says it’s already making changes, but tonight, OHA is restricting all new admissions into the program.

“We have no agenda to shut them down,” ‎Senior Communications Manager at Oregon Health Authority, Michelle McClellan says, “but at the same time we have to take the concerns seriously.”

Sagging ceilings, a leaking roof, and mold that was “cleaned and painted over”, are ust a few of the issues Oregon Health Authority officials found within the mom’s program on Delta Waters Road.

“Any one of the findings alone would be grounds for us to look at revoking the license,” McClellan says, “but given the number of concerns and the lack of progress that we’ve seen over the last several months is really the reason behind the action that we took.”

The agency also found a severe lack of clinical and medical documentation as well as oversight.

The intent to revoke OnTrack’s license comes after several OHA visits dating back to June of last year, the same week, they found 29 areas of non-compliance at the dad’s program.

“There were other complaints and concerns that were raised that prompted us to expand kind of our investigation of the dad’s program into some of the other programs that we license,” McClellan says.

OnTrack board president Jim Maize says they’re making every effort to address the problems quickly in order to keep their license. In a statement Maize says OnTrack will make clinical, physical, and procedural changes that include: a new roof that will be installed as weather allows, hiring a full-time registered nurse to supervise medical staff and oversee proper documentation, and implementing electronic record keeping systems to address documentation issues.

OnTrack has 21-days to request a hearing on the matter. If it doesn’t respond by the end of next week, March 17, OHA can move forward with removing its license to operate.

Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News at 6 with NBC5 News Director Craig Smullin. Kristin is originally from the Bay Area. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.

She comes to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine.

When Kristin is not sharing the news she's hunting down the best burrito, hiking a local trail or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She's also a Green Bay Packers shareholder! If you see her out and about she'd be happy to tell you how a California girl became a Cheesehead.

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